A Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Sunday Frank-Oputu has warned leaders of the Party against sponsorship of groundless litigations against opposition party and petitions against the judges of the judiciary over qualification of candidates for the December 5national Assembly bye-election in the State.
Mr Frank-Oputu said instead of approaching the Federal High Court with pre-election suits that is statue barred and thrown out of court, the leadership of the party should focus on building a cohesive campaign and mobilize the electorate behind the candidates of the party in the Bayelsa West and Central Senatorial Elections.
Frank-Oputu who is a Chieftain of the APC from the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa Central senatorial District handed the warning while reacting to reports on the suit filed by one Joseph Mac Ede Alakere against the PDP candidate in the Bayelsa Central election, Hon. Cleopas Moses.
He insisted that the decision to drag the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to court fifty days out of time is frivolous and waste of judicial time.
Frank-Oputu said the leadership of the party in the state led by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva should focus more on the building a united political party and convincing the electorate ahead of the election, “the recent suit against Hon. Cleopas Moses showed that the party is not abreast with issues on ground as regards the recent ruling by the Court.”
“It show we lack good leadership in the party because they should have been aware that few days ago a suit was thrown out against the candidature of the former Governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson because they filed out of the 14 days’ time provided against candidates in the forthcoming bye-election. And they if you are going by the records, the suit against Hon. Cleopas Moses is 51 days after INEC publish names. It shows the level of incompetence by the party leadership.”
“It also showed that the APC leadership is in the wrong hands. This was what happened during the last Governorship election, Instead of protecting the victory of the party and raising legal defense against suit against the party, we lost the mandate. Look at the Senatorial election, the Bayelsa West candidate was disqualified and instead of finding a legal way to rescue the party candidate, the party is engaged in frivolity.”
“Aside from the fact that the suit against Cleopas Moses is filed out of time and showed the level of illiteracy by the petitioner, the judges of the Federal High Court would not take the party serious in court. And the frivolous suits is making the candidates of the PDP more popular in the forth-coming elections.”
“Timipre Sylva should endeavor to empower some of these ignorant litigants by opening up a barber shop for their likes and ensure that the name of the party is not dragged in the mud.”
On the petition filed against the presiding Judge of the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Justice Jane Inyang by the APC over allege losses at the Court, Hon. Sunday Frank-Oputu advised the party leadership against provoking malice from the Judiciary, insisting that instead of blaming the Court Judges for unfavorable verdicts, “the party should start doing the right thing and stop making the party a laughing stock in Bayelsa.”
He described the petition against Justice Jane Inyang as being out of ignorance, ”the Judge position on the party petition is not bias. Instead the party should always file cases within the provided time limits. Like the recent suit, filing a suit based on one initial and labeling it an irregularity is shameful and display of being a novice. If the suit is stricken out, they will claim is bias ruling. The Party should get into the party leadership those that knows how to handle things right. We are losing to the PDP because they do things right.”
He called on APC faithful in the State to keep faith with party, predicting that a new leadership will soon emerge to lead the party accordingly in the state.